Quote of the Day: “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within myself there lay an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus
Guest of the Day: Jersey Shore Indie author Mandi Bean, writer of Her Beautiful Monster, shares with listeners how it was her weaker moments that revealed her doggedness as a writer.
Passion: Mandi says, “I’ve wanted to be a writer since the third grade.” She started with poetry and evolved in high school to larger projects after reading Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, and It, by Stephen King. It is here that she decided she needed to “…pursue her dream, no matter what the cost” and write work for others to read.
Challenges: Mandi knew she needed a career, so she chose one that would compliment her love for writing: English and education. This process took time away from her “singular goal” of being a writer, so in order to complete her novel during college she had to forfeit many college-life festivities.
Disappointment: Even though by many standards Mandi started writing early, she wishes she had started sooner. She also states, “I didn’t have enough courage to do it. To just dedicate my entire time to writing.”
Success Moment: Printing out the first complete draft of her novel, and getting great feedback from her mother that included suggested edits, which lead to a publishing contract three months later.
Learned About Self: “That I am talented and I am worthy of people reading it, and that I’m tougher than I think.”
- Stephen King’s On Writing
- The Writer’s Market
To Become a Writer…
Envision: Open up a blank journal and start writing, envision filling the page.
Explore: Search Google for literary agents and publishers to determine niche.
Execute: Finish whatever you are working on because no one wants to look at an incomplete manuscript.
Advice to Listeners: Listen to yourself because people may find what you’re doing weird because it’s different from the norm. People can be jealous of what you are doing because they may be too afraid. “Be ballsy.”
Today’s Motivational Go-Do!
How many times have we allowed the opinions of others to change our direction? What would you be doing if no one was looking? Write it in a journal or post it on our Facebook page…let’s get “ballsy” together! The first step to accomplishing is to envision, so what would you be doing and how would it feel?
How Motivate Me! Ultimate Support System can rally around Mandi:
Facebook: Writer Mandi Bean
And, as always, on the Facebook page: Motive Me! The Ultimate Support System
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CLICK HERE to view a blog entry inspired by Mandi’s Interview.
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